What to do when you’re in the Hot Seat

I was suddenly faced with the reality that I needed to go to South Africa in the shortest time possible. Things seemed to come at me in all directions. I had to make travel arrangements, cancel appointments, pay bills and generally try to prevent not coming back to chaos. I do not like having to operate under pressure.

It is so much like management expectations. Suddenly we can find that the heat is on and everything is done under pressure.

  • How do you react? Does your team know they have to hide, just from seeing your face?
    • Don’t relax your face, engage the muscles in the corners of your mouth just a little. You won’t portray your stress.
  • Does your boss have confidence that you will follow through?
    • Ask lots of questions; clarify, clarify, clarify.
  • Do you have courage?
    • Breathe, take a moment to stare out the window, relax your shoulders consciously.
  • Do your emotions change how you get through the next few events?
    • Create a clear goal for each, identify the desired outcome, plan each step, focus.
  • Can you make good decisions?
    • Use your allies to verify the criteria on which sound decisions are made.
  • Do you have a mentor or support system?
    • You do not have to feel alone in times of crisis. Shared responsibility is less stressful. Get the support you need.

I would be more than happy if you contacted me at lyn@lyncikara.com for that support.

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